This room is the mission control room where the men and women sat that sent our boys to the moon.
The goal set by John F. Kennedy, our first Catholic President, on May 25, 1961 was to perform a crewed lunar landing and safely return our boys home. Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to the moon. The first steps by humankind on another planetary body were taken by American Astronauts. The mission launched from Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969.
The crew consisted of 3 men: Neil Armstrong (Commander), Michael Collins (Command Module Pilot), and Buzz Aldrin (Lunar Module Pilot). Apollo 11 lands on the moon July 20, 1969. Our boys take one giant step for mankind July 21, 1969. The name of the module that landed on the moon was the Eagle, which happens to be the US national bird and our national animal.
Mission control for this incredible feat = Houston, TX.
A name less recognized, Dr. Kenneth N. Beers, MD. He was the flight surgeon for Apollo 11. The medical doctor that helped get our boys to the moon. The chair I am sitting in, was his chair. Sitting at his desk was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. It was such an honor and unforgettable experience to be in the mission control room that took us to the moon years ago and to sit in the chair of one of my personal heroes while staring proudly at the American flag that hangs in that room.
I can't wait for Monday morning. I am excited, I am motivated and I will be hitting the pavement running for the second half of this term of medical school. Game back on. .